Miscellaneous

Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

USAF Aggressors Desert & Artic Colors Set

Published: December 20th, 2020     
USAF Aggressors Desert & Artic Colors Set
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo - IPMS# 46363

I have been using enamels for many years (decades) now. Enamel hobby paints are getting harder to find and there are the health considerations on enamels, so I have been exploring different acrylics options out there. I was excited to see I had the chance to review the AMMO products, as some of my modeling buddies had good things to say about them.

Readying the AMMO website, you learn that these paints are odorless, water soluble, and non-toxic. All of those above make these paints interesting alternatives as non-toxicity is a great thing and odorless makes the rest of the family happy.

I have to say that I did find a very faint smell on these paints. It is not strong at all and it is not offensive nor headache-inducing as enamels or lacquers. The best I can describe the smell is 'earthly'. A bit like mud or clay, from a pottery workshop.

USAF Aggressors Blue Colors Set

Published: December 20th, 2020     
USAF Aggressors Blue Colors Set
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo - IPMS# 46363

I have been using enamels for many years (decades) now. Enamel hobby paints are getting harder to find and there are the health considerations on enamels, so I have been exploring different acrylic options out there. I was excited to see the chance to review the AMMO products, as some of my modeling buddies had good things to say about them.

Reading the AMMO website, you learn that these paints are odorless, water soluble and non-toxic. All of those above make these paints interesting alternatives as non-toxicity is a great thing and odorless makes the rest of the family happy.

I have to say that I did find a very faint smell on these paints. It is not strong at all and it is not offensive nor headache-inducing as enamels or lacquers. The best I can describe the smell is 'earthly'. A bit like mud or clay, from a pottery workshop.

War Photographer 1.2

Published: December 10th, 2020     
War Photographer 1.2
Reviewed by: James Kelley - IPMS# 42106
Company: Peko Publishing

This new photo book series presents various selections of rare wartime photographs. They are selected based on numerous subjects. Each volume introduces photographs from battles, operations, vehicles, or complete photo albums from soldiers who fought in World War Two.

This volume is divided into two separate subjects. The first part presents a number of new photographs from the personal photo album of Oberleutnant d.R Peter Prien who began his army career with Pz.Nachr.Abt.37 with 1.Panzer-Division in January 1941 and finished the war as Fuhrer of the Stabskompanie of Pz.Rgt.3 of 2.Panzer-Division. His album contains mostly photos of his time with 2.Panzer-Division around the time of the Kursk battles. The second part presents a series of photographs of the 8.8cm Flak 18 mounted on the chassis of the Sd.Kfz.8 half-track officially known as the 8.8cm Flak 18 Sfl. auf schwere Zugkraftwagen 12 t (Sd.Kfz.8) als Fahrgestell. Most are new and previously unpublished.

The Medieval Longsword

Published: December 7th, 2020     
The Medieval Longsword
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. - IPMS# 26266

I recently started to learn how to do German Longsword training, so this book was perfectly timed for me.

In common with the Osprey Weapons series of books, this paperback book consists of 80 pages with colorful illustrations throughout.

Swords have always fascinated me, whether it was Excalibur or Light Sabers, the thrill of sword play has spanned the history of modern man. The Longsword came into fashion in the 1300s until the 1500s as weapons and until the 1700s as sporting weapons. The study of Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) has really taken off in the last few decades. This book is a great introduction of the longsword both as a weapon and a tactical, economic, and social artifact.

The book is broken down into introduction, development, use, impact, and the conclusion. The historical development is described in the first chapter. The anatomy of the sword is shown and discussed. How swords are made are discussed here as well as the nomenclature of the parts of a longsword.

Schwinn Continental 10-Speed Racer

Published: December 7th, 2020     
Schwinn Continental 10-Speed Racer
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead - IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/8
Company: Round 2 Models

If you are looking for something a little different for your next build, want to have some fun, and even possibly remember your youth a bit, the folks at Round2 have released the kit for you! This Schwinn Continental 10-Speed is part of the MPC line of kits and follows their previous release of the Schwinn "Classic Krate" bikes. This was a quick build with no construction issues, and I would highly recommend it for modelers of all skill levels.

First released in 1960 for an astonishing $86.95, the Schwinn 10-speed was produced for 22 years and was the American standard for this style of bike for many of those years. While the steel frame is now incredibly heavy when compared to the materials used today, for a generation, these were the gold standard. Available in an assortment of sizes and colors, the bikes remain collectors' items even today.

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